Spotlight on Durham Tech: Preparing Students for the Global Workforce

Article by UNC World View


Left to right: Latonya Steele, Stephen Brooks, Michele Parrish

Left to right: Latonya Steele, Stephen Brooks, Michele Parrish

Students today need to be prepared for the global workforce. And educators at Durham Technical College are focusing on meeting that need. On May 11, 2017, educators LaTonya Steele, Michele Parrish and Stephen Brooks from one of World View’s partners, Durham Tech, conducted research at UNC-Chapel Hill on preparing global modules entitled “Doing Business in Global Markets” and “Technology in Today’s Global World” for the classes they teach: Introduction to Business and Network and Security Foundation. This research is supported by a grant they received from World View funded by the Center for European Studies as part of the NC Global Distinction Program


LaTonya, Michele and Stephen’s objective is to ensure that students have a better understanding of international organizations and multinational corporations in the dynamic global markets. The Introduction to Business module will emphasize trading with other nations, strategies for reaching global markets, forces that affect trade and the future of global trade; the Network and Security Foundation module will introduce students to how technology impacts organizations in a global environment. Both modules will focus on Europe and the European Union.


When the modules are completed, World View will review them and post them for other community college educators to utilize in their classrooms. They will also form part of the pool of “globally intensive courses” for the NC Global Distinction Program. These modules have been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.


For more information about research opportunities and World View’s NC Global Distinction Program for community colleges, contact